Road to regionals

Bulldog runners making trails to competition Saturday

The top 10 is hard to make, let alone the top five, but that's exactly what some of Moffat County's cross-country runners did Saturday in Battle Mountain.

Jake Miller, Jeremy Bird, Alicia Nelson and Jeacey Robinson all finished at the top.

Miller and Nelson garnered first-place honors. Miller finished the course in 17 minutes and 27 seconds and Nelson in 21:00. Following close behind was Jeremy Bird and Jeacey Robinson, who each finished fourth in their races, with times of 17:46 and 21:48.

"This weekend actually went really well," coach Todd Trapp said. "We had kids step up."

Other Bulldogs who had strong endings included Mike McNicol, who was ninth in the boys division with a time of 18:24. Katy Nottingham finished seventh for the girls, crossing the line 1:17 behind Nelson, and Amber Suits finished 13th in 22:43.

"It was good Katy's back," Trapp said.

Now, with just five days to practice before the regional meet, the Bulldogs are beginning to take things a little easier on the legs.

"We are tapering some kids more than others for the regional meet," Trapp said. "With some kids, we are more focused on running well at the state meet than the regional meet."

The state meet will be held Oct. 28 in Colorado Springs, and Trapp is looking forward to taking a strong group of boys and girls to compete, but first, he's focused on getting his teams qualified, which means finishing as one of the top three teams.

"Right now, our main focus is running really well at regionals," Trapp said. "Battle Mountain beat us this weekend and now that adds another team to the girls division."

As it stands, Moffat County boys and girls are hovering around that third spot heading into the regional meet. But with the addition of Battle Mountain, the girls race could be quite heated.

Moffat County's season has been successful, but Trapp said there's still a lot of work to be done.

"Girls-wise, our top four is set. For the guys, our top three are set pretty well, and I think Mike (McNicol) can still have a good race," Trapp said. "I also believe Cory (Wojtkiewicz) can run a little better and Josh (Classen) can be right up there with him."

In every meet this year, the Bulldogs have not finished worse than 11th place in the boys division and 10th place in the girls.

Since Sept. 15, the Bulldogs have strung together team finishes in the top 5 or higher.

And Battle Mountain was no exception, with the boys finishing third and the girls finishing second.

Battle Mountain hosts the Class 4A Region 5, meet on Saturday.

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